Montana is a place with a lot of nicknames. Big Sky Country, for those wide open skies that seem to stretch on forever; Stub-Toe State, since the amateur hiker might walk away with more than a few stubbed toes; and Treasure State, for it’s rich mineral reserves.
But Montana got its official state name from the Spanish word montaña: mountain. The majestic Rocky Mountains stretch over 250 miles along the western side of the state—just imagine the music that must echo across those peaks.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Treasure State. We’ll hear two musical gems from Montana. One composer finds inspiration in the fiddle and the folk melodies of home, while a group of percussionists finds music in Montana’s more elemental materials—mining music from every cactus, bucket of water, and aluminum beer can they can find.
Picture yourself under a canopy of changing leaves: golden orange and bold, beautiful red. The air is cool and crisp, you’re all wrapped up in cozy flannel.
On a cold autumn evening, there’s nothing like going for a long walk under the trees, a mug full of spiced wine in-hand, just taking in the sounds of the season. On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, autumn is in the air! We’ll hear music inspired by crunching leaves, cool, crisp winds, and the colors and flavors of fall.
All that glitters is not gold—but still, the search continues. From pirate crusades to treasure hunts to the legends of El Dorado, the quest for gold is at the heart of many of history’s great stories…and these epic tales continue to inspire new music today.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Solid Gold. We’ll hear music that shimmers, and stories of treasures untold! From gilded cities to glittering instruments—plus, where people in the 21st century go to strike gold.
A beautiful garden is like a portal to another world. You leave the everyday behind and step into a place of color and possibility, life blooming around every corner. It nourishes the spirit. A good piece of music can do the same.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Garden Variety! Music of flowers, fauna, and other enchantments. We’ll take a stroll through the traditional gardens of Japan, visit a place where lost souls return as flowers, take a tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice, and receive a bit of advice from a caterpillar smoking hookah on a mushroom.
Sometimes music is the best medicine—it mends the heart and soul. A daily dose can keep you feeling calm, centered, and inspired.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Music for Healing. We’ll explore music as a medium for solace, comfort, and liberation. From the healing ceremonies of the Navajo people to the meditative power of Hindustani ragas, composers explore the restorative power of music. Plus: ruminations on mental illness, and the songs of spiritual healers.